Next-Generation Policy and Subscriber Management
Cisco Policy Suite for Mobile is a carrier-grade policy, charging, and subscriber data management solution. It helps service providers rapidly create and bring services to market, deliver a positive user experience, and optimize network resources. It also generates monetization opportunities across 3G, 4G, and LTE access networks as well as IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service architectures.
Features and Capabilities
Cisco Policy Suite provides an intelligent control-plane solution. It includes southbound interfaces to various policy control enforcement functions (PCEFs) in the network, and northbound interfaces to OSS/BSS and subscriber applications, IMSs, and web applications. Policy Suite modules are implemented individually or deployed as an integrated end-to-end policy, charging, and service-creation solution.
Policy Suite can also dynamically scale your policy solution to adapt to real-world needs, helping to reduce capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). With a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) model, Policy Suite instances can be deployed much more quickly, with far fewer changes, than traditional policy hardware architectures. At the same time, you can rapidly scale your system up or down in line with the traffic patterns and service growth.
Cisco Policy Suite outshines the competition by providing:
- Superior scalability: The solution is designed for virtualization, sustained linear scalability, and low TCO; no third-party software licensing is needed.
- Carrier-grade reliability: The virtual architecture supports flexibility and cost-efficiency. Virtual instances are spread across multiple blade servers for full hardware and software redundancy within a cluster.
- Fast service creation: Solutions and rules can be customized rapidly at deployment without core software development.
The Policy Module implements the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), which provides real-time management of subscribers, applications, and network resources based on service-provider-configured business rules.
The Charging Module supports online charging system (OCS) services with real-time rating rules.
Subscriber Data Management is centralized, highly scalable, and coupled with a virtualized bridge to federate subscriber databases into a unified access layer.
Quota stores monetary and usage balances for fair-use caps; bill-shock thresholds; roaming caps; recurring, group, and one-time balances; top-up capability; shared wallet and group accounts; subscriber notifications; browser redirects; and bandwidth downgrades.
VoLTE offers a 3GPP Rx interface to IMS voice-over-LTE integration and supports QoS authorization and control for voice bearers.
External Policy and Charging Integration includes the Sy interface for integration with an external OCS.
External SPR Integration allows for querying subscribers from an external subscription profile repository (SPR), authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), or provisioning system. LDAP, SQL, and Diameter integration can be configured in the service definition GUI.
Specifications at a Glance
The Policy Suite is certified for many commercial off-the-shelf blade-server platforms. Please consult with your account manager for your specific deployment requirements.
|Cisco Policy Suite||Minimum Hardware Requirement|
|CPU||Two Intel® Xeon® X5650s or higher-speed processor per blade server|
|Disk space||Two 100 GB or higher SSDs with hardware RAID, one per blade server|
|Virtualization||Must be listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide|
|Hardware||Four commercial off-the-shelf blade servers|
|Memory (per blade server)||48 GB RAM for less than 1,000,000 subscribers
72 GB RAM for more than 1,000,000 subscribers
|Network interface||Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports|